Author Archives: JJD

Hiking at Lake Cushman

Amy and I set aside this weekend for a hike in the Olympic Peninsula. After a long dark winter full of work and wet, we were both itching to get out into nature. And since the forecast predicted rain everywhere, we decided to lean into it and head for the rainforest. Our luck seemed dicey […]

La Grande

On the drive to Boise I stopped in La Grande, Oregon, for gas and a snack—and to see the place where I lived from the age of 11 to 17, and which I hadn’t seen since then. What a strange visit! The surrounding valley was just as I remembered it, with the unmistakable profile of […]

New baby!

I’m taking an unheard of three-week vacation to regroup and recharge after arguably the most intense professional year of my career. At the start of it I set three intentions: (1) connect with family, (2) tackle some of the big projects that I’ve struggled to make progress on in the ordinary course of life, and […]

Snow in Seattle!

It’s the most snow I’ve seen in seattle dine moving here seven years ago! A few days of lovely white, with the city basically shut down, and then rain to wash it all away before we could tire of it. Exactly the right way to do snow, in my opinion. And now we’re done for […]

Pasta and cake!

You only turn 71 once! We celebrated Carol’s with home made pasta and a show-stopper chocolate cake. Yummm.

Raclette!

Nothing quite like a raclette dinner—all the melted cheese and potatoes and cornichons and other grilled goodies. It’s convivial and delicious and over the years has become one of my favourite holiday traditions. We had planned to do a raclette dinner with Amy and Carol for Christmas but got derailed when Carol received inconclusive results […]

Fog

There’s nothing quite like a foggy morning. So much scope for the imagination, as Anne of Green Gables might say. Growing up where I did, fog for me was something I knew more from books and movies than real life. It was associated with magic and “other” places. So encountering it as part of my […]

Flowers in wintertime

Oh hellebore, you lovely thing. Exactly what’s needed to lighten the midwinter darkness.

Solstice!

Shortest day of the year. Is it mystical? Ummm… maybe to some. For me, no. Most years I find the darkness fascinating and almost wish it would continue to Nordic levels. But this year it’s just been dark and grey and hard to get up in the morning. I’m really happy to be on the […]

From guest bedroom to home office

When my company announced that we’d be working from home at least through June, I decided I’d had enough—it was time for a proper office. You see, when I designed my house I intentionally went with a minimal setup. The idea was to have someplace to pay the bills and check personal emails. Work was […]

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